Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, a pioneer of low-cost housing design, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize considered architecture’s Nobel equivalent.
Know about Balkrishna Doshi:
- Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (born 26 August 1927) is an Indian architect.
- He is considered to be an important figure of South Asian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India.
- His more noteworthy designs include the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Aranya Low Cost Housing development in Indore which was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
- In 2018, he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
- The 90-year-old Doshi—one of the last living architects to have apprenticed with the Franco-Swiss trailblazer Le Corbusier—distinguished his work by committing to sustainable architecture and inexpensive housing, bringing modernist design to an India rooted in traditionalism.
- He is the 45th Pritzker laureate and the first from India.
- “Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends
Know about Pritzker prize:
- The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually "to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture."
- Founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy, the award is funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation.
- It is considered to be one of the world's premier architectureprizes, and is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.